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Isaiah Austin says NBA has offered him a job once he finishes degree

Jul 22, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

It was easily the most touching moment at the NBA Draft: Isaiah Austin, the Baylor center forced out of the NBA draft after being diagnosed with career-ending Marfan Syndrome, was drafted by Adam Silver and the NBA and called up to the stage.

But that is not all the NBA is willing to do for him, Austin told TMZ:

The 20-year-old former college superstar was in D.C. yesterday and told us he’s even more motivated to go back to Baylor University in August to finish up his classes … after a conversation with NBA Commish Adam Silver.

Austin — who was ceremonially drafted by the NBA at the Draft back in June — tells us Silver already hooked him up with a part-time gig with the league’s NBA Cares program … and promised full-time work once he gets his degree.

That would be a nice gesture by the league, which has handled this situation with complete class.

(Hat tip to the Reddit NBA page)

  1. loubearkane - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    That’s awesome.

  2. mp4philly - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Really cool. Silver is the anti-Stern.

    • moppop - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      Since Silver is Stern’s hand-picked successor, shouldn’t Stern be the Anti-Stern?

  3. attorneyfootballtalk - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Roger Goodell would have offered him an unpaid internship.

    • chargerdillon - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Well played sir I had a good lol on that one

  4. jcmeyer10 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    He certainly understands PR better than Stern. Also, he seems genuine about it. All in all this was a great moment and a greater moment for giving him a job afterwards. The NBA could have left it at getting ‘drafted’ but went the extra mile.

  5. dablakdrphil - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Absolutely love Adam Silver…the league is in great hands with him as the commisioner

  6. fordmandalay - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Best of luck to him.

  7. campcouch - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Great stipulation to put in. Get that degree!

  8. csbanter - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Adam Silver has brought dignity back to the NBA commissioner’s office.

  9. birdzflyinhigh - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Adam Silver has already had a lot thrown his way as commish, and I don’t think he could’ve handled anything any better than he has, but it’s ridiculous for people to use this as a forum to bash Stern or even begin to compare the two. David Stern made the league what it is today, especially from a PR perspective. Silver learned from one of the best.

  10. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Future NBA Commissioner.

  11. chicagosports2014 - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Good to hear that, I was wondering about him

  12. willkill4caffeine - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    I love stories like this. Good for Silver and the NBA, and I’m glad to see Austin staying positive and moving forward after his diagnosis. From his perspective, all he probably remembers is people telling him and planning for a career in the NBA. High-character kid.

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